Climate and Respiratory Health - Focus Asthma

THE CLIMATE RESILIENT GRID: A FORUM ON ENERGY, CLIMATE AND THE GRID, June 14-15, 2017. Sponsored by NOAA’s National Centers for Environmental Information (NCEI),convened by the American Meteorological Society Committee on Climate Services, and supported by NOAA’s Cooperative Institute for Climate and Satellites, The Collider and CASE Consultants International. The forum brings together thought leaders from industry, government, and academia to demonstrate the value of environmental intelligence and climate data for bringing renewables into homes and businesses around the country. The U.S. Energy Information Administration forecasts that non-hydro renewables will rise from 2% to a total of 10% of electricity generated in 2018. Wind, solar and hydro are not only essential for meeting energy demand, they're cost-competitive with conventional generation, per Lazard's Levelized Cost of Energy Analysis.Together participants explore how climate science and data can inform energy challenges related to integrating renewables into the grid. Raising the level of renewables requires efficient transmission lines and new systems of microgrids, which in turn requires climate data, analytics and environmental intelligence.

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Keynote speaker:  Alexander MacDonald, Spire Global Inc.; Former Deputy Assistant Administrator, NOAA Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research & Director NOAA Earth System Research Laboratory, an “Interstate Highway” for US Wind, Solar, Hydro, & Nuclear Power.Build a Sustainable, Secure and Affordable Electric System NOW!
* Dr. Michael Brewer, NOAA NCEI, Customer Engagement Section Chief
* Dr. Otis Brown, NOAA CICS-NC / NC State University
* Dr. Judsen Bruzgul, Manager, ICF International Climate Resilience: Examples from Working with DOE and Utilities
* Dr. Delavane Diaz, Sr. Technical Leader, Energy & Environmental Analysis, Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI)
* Dr. Pearl Donohoo-Vallett, The Brattle Group  Utility Impacts from a Changing Climate
* Daniel Kassis, Vice President, SCAN A The Climate Resilient Grid: A Utility Perspective
* John Gajda, Manager, Operations Support, Distributed Energy Technologies Department, Duke Energy Duke Energy's Distributed Future
* Dr. Michael Legatt, CEO and Founder, The Resilient Grid,  Moving Towards a More Reliable, Robust, and Resilient Clean Energy Grid
*Dr. Jessica Matthews, NOAA CICS-NC / NC State UniversityNext-Generation Environmental Intelligence for the Solar Industry
* Michael McPeck, Lead Engineer, National Grid, and the Liaison to the Department of Energy Partnership for Energy Sector Climate ResilienceNational Grid Climate Resiliency Initiatives: Insights from Utilities Engaged in Climate Resilience
* Dr. Ria Persad, CEO, StatWeather  Managing Weather and Climate Risk for Grid Resilience and Reliability
* Dr. Anthony Smith, PhD, President and CEO Secure Futures, LLC, Confronting the Reality: A Virginia Case Study
* Gregory Stunder, J.D., Vice President Regulatory and Legislative Affairs, Philadelphia Gas Works, What's Normal Anyway?

* Thomas Flaherty, MES International Why is the World Moving to Distributed Generation (DG)?
* Dr. Russ Vose, NOAA NCEI, Climate Science Branch Chief What is Normal, Anyway?
* Mary Wohlgemuth, Director and Dr. Margarita Gregg, Deputy Director, NOAA's National Centers for Environmental Information The Value of NCEI Environmental Data

Game-Changing Resilient Infrastructure June 22, 2017. - CASE Consultants International, NOAA’s Cooperative Institute for Climate and Satellites (aka North Carolina Institute for Climate Studies (NCICS)), and the American Planning Association (APA) present a continuing education symposium featuring top experts in the field of resilient infrastructure that changes the character of communities. Case studies presented illustrate the importance of these projects to both climate mitigation and adaptation and to the economic future and self-image of communities. These include: North Carolina’s first “green street,” the High Line project in New York City, and several green infrastructure projects in the host city of Asheville, North Carolina. How to get these projects designed, funded and implemented are focal points of the agenda.

Highlighted Presentations

  • Scott Shuford, AICP, CASE Consultants International Continuing Education Program Manager and co-author of the American Planning Association’s Climate Change Policy Guide, presents Climate and the Built Environment: Challenges and Opportunities
  • Tim Owen, Chief, Information Services, NOAA National Centers for Environmental Information, a climatologist and trained planner, describes the coming climate and its implications for national infrastructure.
  • Giselle Rodriguez, City Engineer, Fayetteville, North Carolina, discusses the challenges and opportunities of developing green infrastructure through her experiences in implementing one of North Carolina’s first “green streets” in her talk NC’s Third Green Street: New Techniques, New Challenges, New Opportunities.
  • Cathy Ball, Deputy City Manager, Asheville, North Carolina, introduces attendees to the Asheville green infrastructure program, a major implementer of green infrastructure which now shapes the character of the City.
  • Emma Bloomfield, Director of the High Line Network, presents Keynote: The High Line and the Infrastructure Reuse Movement. She describes how the High Line project was conceived, implemented, and how Friends of the Highline is sharing lessons with an emerging group of infrastructure reuse projects around the country.
  • Dena Chandler, Environmental Designer with the design firm Equinox and a team member from New Belgium Brewery’s Office of Sustainability, presents New Belgium Brewery: A Corporate Argument for Green Infrastructure. New Belgium’s commitment to sustainability led to an embrace of green infrastructure in the site design of their new Asheville facility. Dena describes the project’s infrastructure from conception to implementation and discuss how it reflects NBB’s corporate mission.

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In a year with wildfires raging in the West, extreme flooding from Hurricane Harvey, and widespread damage from record-setting Irma, the need for architects to include climate factors in their infrastructure design becomes even more pressing.. Where Building Science meets Climate Science, the 3rd annual The American Institute of Architects (AIA) – Climate Adaptive Design Symposium, in Asheville, NC is a collaboration between the Asheville Section of American Institute of Architects (AIA Asheville), The Collider, Asheville Living Building Challenge Collaborative (Avl LBCC) and CASE Consultants International.

Features Victor W. Olgyay, AIA, Principal Architect, Rocky Mountain Institute, who has used "integrated environmental design to help transform the built environment into a sustainable built ecology, and has contributed to the design of hundreds of successful green building projects throughout the world that span diverse climates and building types."  Presents public lecture Design With Climate: a Personal History  and Presents the Keynote Address: Reinventing Buildings: A Bold Opportunity for Mitigating Climate Change

Tim Owen, NOAA National Centers for Environmental Information (NCEI) climate scientist and Executive Officer presents  Impacts of a Changing Climate to the Architecture and Planning Community   Mr. Owen explains extreme events from a climate perspective, as detailed in the National Climate Assessment Infrastructure focus, which helps Americans prepare for the worst of climate change impacts, severe weather, extremes of temperatures, prolonged and intense droughts, and extensive flooding. 
Jason Smith, Partner Kieran Timberlake  presentsClimate Adaptive Design: Need to Vent? 

Ryan Welch, Associate and ResearcherKieran TimberlakepresentsLife Cycle Assessment: An Architect’s Toolkit

Jeff Hicks, Principal at FernLeaf Interactive presents  Interactive Climate Tools and discusses NOAA Climate Resilient Toolkit

Additional resources

Visit Tally’s website  for further information, user stories, and our LEED v4 credit guide
Life Cycle Assessment, by K. Simonen, Routledge 2014, for general whole building LCA information

View the USGBC Credit Library v4

Future Shock: Climate Resilient Design in the Southeast

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Events


"Resilient Places:  Planning for Our Future", February 24-25, 2017. An educational symposium for regional, town and county planners in collaboration with the American Planning Association and The Collider:  Program Chair Mr. Scott Shuford, AICP.

Featured speaker - Phillip Horne, Assistant Vice President at The George Washington University - Columbian College of Arts and Sciences. Mr. Horne has a distinguished career in higher education, government and public relations, media and entrepreneurship. He is formerly the President and CEO of the Foundation of Renewal for Eastern North Carolina, an affiliate of the Kenan Institute for Private Enterprise.  “Financing Green Infrastructure,” Altura’s unique and far-reaching funding opportunities for nonprofit organizations, including capital projects such as construction and renovation as well as green tech projects - See Press Release.

The Climate Resilient Grid

Climate and Respiratory Health - Focus Asthma is a climate and health forum taking place in Asheville, North Carolina on November 9, 2017. This interdisciplinary event brings together climate scientists, environmental and public health specialists, technologists, and healthcare professionals to focus on the impact of the current and future weather and the environment on respiratory health. The event benefits greatly from the Advisory and Organizing Committees, who bring the authoritative voice of climate and science, and the preponderance of evidence-based research and data to the area of respiratory health. 

The forum offers insights into the synergistic solutions encompassing climate and health. Professionals in public and environmental health, nursing, epidemiology, environmental studies, or interdisciplinary studies in climate change and society gain insights the impact of the environment and future climate on respiratory health.  Students gain the opportunity to meet subject matter experts in the fields of climate and health. CASE Consultants International convenes the health forum discussion with sponsors Clean Air Carolina, Green Built Alliance, and with collaboration from NOAA Cooperative Institute for Climate and Satellites-NC (CICS)and The Collider, a nonprofit innovation center in Asheville, North Carolina, focused on catalyzing market-driven climate solutions.

 Why climate? According to the U.S. Global Change Research Program report Climate and Health Assessment, climate change exacerbates conditions that adversely affect respiratory health. Warmer and wetter conditions produce dampness and mold linked to 4.6 million cases of worsened asthma. Particulates from long enduring wildfires, which occur more frequently; and pollen from extended seasons of warming temperatures expose asthma sufferers to longer periods of allergens and other asthma triggers.
Why asthma? A major public health concern in the US, asthma accounts for more than 10 million outpatient visits, two million emergency room visits, and 500,000 hospitalizations yearly. More than 4,000 deaths each year are directly attributable to asthma, with 7,000 more deaths considered partially attributable to asthma.The death rate for children from asthma has increased by nearly 80% percent since 1980.

Experts explain the cause and effect, and demonstrate tools that help asthma sufferers adapt to the climate change factors that exacerbate conditions that trigger asthma
The science of climate and respiratory health:  Keynote speaker Dr. Susan Annenberg of George Washington University, Begins her remarks stating that asthma is the most prevalent chronic respiratory disease worldwide, and states climate change could increase ER visits for allergy-related asthma (Anenberg et al., GeoHealth, 2017) and also presented cutting edge results submitted for publication.

Dr. Kenneth Kunkel, CICS ; The Science of Climate as Applied to Respiratory Health – a Look at the National Climate Assessment

Dr. Jesse Bell, PhD., CICS; Asthma Environmental Triggers Including Smoke, Dust, and Fungal Spores  

Dr. Ria Persad, CEO  StatWeather Institute;  Asthma Trigger Threats from High Temperatures

Lauren Thie, public health epidemiologist with the NC Division of Public Health  Public Health Services in the New Climate

Tools and technology of personalizing public health:  Jim Fox, Director, National Environmental Modeling and Analysis Center;

Dr. Edward Gardiner, NOAA Climate Program Office,  Climate Resilient Toolkit

Calvin Cupini  Citizen Science Program Manager Clean Air Carolina, AirKeepers and Citizen Science;, The Role of Citizen Science and the Internet of Things in Effective Air Quality Data-Gathering for Respiratory Health

Eric Klos, CEO  HEALTHeWeather, and innovator of DailyBreath Personalized,  Linking Climate and Weather Risks with Respiratory Health in an Accessible way to Personalize Public Health

PRESENTATION EXCERPT SUMMARIES TO BE POSTED

Agenda              Speaker's Bios             Information Flyer            Welcome Letter

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES:

Video - communicating in simple terms therelationship between climate change and pollen


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Resilient Places: Planning for Our Future

Resilient Places: Planning for Our Future

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Mainstreaming Climate Science into Professional Practice - Science to Solutions

Our society depends on science to provide the sound foundations for the many decisions we make every day.  On this page we highlight some of the valuable contributions climate science brings to our lives, business and communities.

CASE Consultants International depends on authentic data provided principally through NOAA's National Centers for Environmental Information. CASE provides climate education to professionals that seek means to incorporate the latest climate science into their work in professional planning, architecture, landscaping, civil engineering, transportation, infrastructure design and much, much more.

CASE is proud to be a certified provider of continuing professional education with the American Planning Association. We bring together top notch practitioners in climate-sensitive sectors and world-class climate scientists, fulfilling our goal of mainstreaming climate science into professional practice.

CASE Consultants International, a certified education provider with the American Planning Association (APA), presents “Climate Wise Brownfields”, a continuing education symposium June 13, 2017, in collaboration with the Cooperative Institute of Climate and Satellites - North Carolina (CICS-NC), the NC State University research institute co-located with NOAA's National Centers for Environmental Information. The workshop features top experts in the field of brownfields.  Featured Speakers: Camilla Warren,  Fred Delk, Executive Director of the Columbia Development Corporation of Columbia, SC/.  Mr. Delk has led the rebirth of Columbia’s downtown through innovative uses of brownfields; and Lee Harrop. Topics include city planning, brownfields finance, and climate mitigation and adaptation via brownfields reuse:

"Climate Resilient Design in the Southeast", November 6, 2015.  An educational symposium in collaboration with the American Institute for Architects and the Collider: Read the Symposium Summary     See news Future Shock: Climate Resilient Architecture The Mountain Xpress

  • Designing for a New Energy & Climate Future” Marjorie McGuirk
  • Keynote: “Attribution of Extreme Events” Dr. Thomas Carl Peterson, an internationally recognized climate scientist, has spoken extensively on the science of climate change and how it affects every day endeavors. He was elected as President of the Commission for Climatology by member nations of the World Meteorological Organization, and retired as Chief Scientist with NOAA NCEI.  In 2004, Essential Science Indicators ranked him as one of the top 1% of scientists in the field of Geosciences.. He was a lead author on the Nobel Peace Prize-winning Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s Fourth Assessment Report published in 2007
  • Mitigating Climate Change through Architectural Design” Robin Cape
  •  “Practice to Provide, Design to Inspire,” with examples of climate adaptation in design (Laurie Miller AIA, LEED AP and David Tuck ASLA)
  • Adapting to Climate Change through Architectural Design” Scott Shuford AICP, author of Planning for A New Energy and Climate Future 
  • “Conceptual Redesign to Address Climate Change," including current mitigation and adaptation” (Nathan Bryant, AIA Samsel Architects)
  • Climate Resilience in the Southeast” Dr. Kenneth E. Kunkel, Climate Scientist who leads Assessments with the NOAA Cooperative Institute for Climate and Satellites at the NOAA NCEI is also a Research Professor in the Department of Marine, Earth, and Atmospheric Sciences of North Carolina State University.
  • Climate Services, Tools & Resources” Glenn Kerr, Executive Director of the American Association of State Climatologists, a professional organization committed to advancing the development and delivery of science-based climate services at the local and state level.

Climate Adaptive Design - Where Building Science meets Climate Science